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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 31, 2010 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

So what would you and others say are the top ones that year? I don't know enough/have enough to feel I could make a truly informed comparison, but am always up for learning. (That, of course, is why I come here. Cuz it's an Educational Site.)

Plus I've got an interesting reason to want informed DS tips ... my 14-year-old has developed a big interest in DS (!!!) and, comically, given that we homeschool, has suggested we do a Dark Star Unit. LOL. I think that's mainly a way of distracting mommy from assigning real work. Still cool, though.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 1, 2010 1:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

Another one to add that nobody mentioned is 5/4/72.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-04.sbd.miller.77294.sbeok.flac16

Our own Cliff reviewed it in a fine way though:

"Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 4, 2010
Subject: la Crème de la crème
Another Tour de force, this time with an exceptional performance of Dark Star. While the first set is not quite as spectacular as that of the night before, Playin' in the Band is gorgeous and Mr. Charlie could be a best-ever performance of the song. The second set however, is another magical moment among many on this tour.

Pig's 23+ minute Good Lovin' set opener is a fantastic performance. But the high point of this show is of course the moody/exploratory two-part Dark Star split by a drum break, and what is possibly the best Sugar Magnolia of 1972 (on Europe '72).

This fine Dark Star soars from the opening notes. It is brilliant and jazzy, sustaining momentum through the entire pre-verse segment. Jerry's playing is particularly inspired. At the 6:00 mark, Billy initiates a snappy jazz beat that drives the ensemble through an extended Coltranesque jam, with Weir slashing in some interesting fills before the verse. The post verse space segment is rather dark and atonal, with some eerie rumblings from Phil before the two and a half minute drum break. Post drums, Phil picks up where he had left off. Things remain spacey and quiet untill 7:15 when Jerry initiates another movement and things get real jazzy again. This one moves quickly for a bit, Jerry blazing before things slow down into a gorgeous UJB type theme jam before the second verse conclusion to one of the jazziest performances of Dark Star on the tour.

The following peformance of Sugar Magnolia, used on the Europe '72 is the Pièce de résistance. Sing Me Back Home, a lovely Uncle John's Band, and a start up GDTRFB round out an incedible set.

Both of these Parisian treasures deserve to be boxed and released in their entirety. (98 pts)"

Like LiA says, every Sept Star is worthy. I like 9/10/72. Any August Star is also worthy of a listen. Check out 8/24/72 too. And as mentioned the one released on "Rocking The Rhine", 4/24/72 is also essential! Awesome! Awesome sound quality too!

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-11-01 07:27:08

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-11-01 08:02:57

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 1, 2010 2:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

Wow. Not only is that something like the 900th rec I've gotten on that date, making the fact that I've still never heard it pretty indefensable (except for the whole streaming thing here), but Cliff's review is so impressively specific that I really COULD use it in a music appreciation assignment. (With breakouts for Coltrane, etc.)

Now, given that I have to submit record keeping (for homeschool) that includes lists of texts and "resource people," I'm trying to envision a list of resource people for a music unit that includes names like Light into Ashes, SkyDawg, etc.

If Purple Gel chimes in, I'd be in trouble. (Dark Star music unit. Activities: Analyzing Grateful Dead music. Resource: Purple Gel. Oh, that'd go over REAL well.)

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 1, 2010 4:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

In addition to those the others have mentioned, both 9/16 and 9/27 are must hear Dark Stars as well.

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Poster: Reade Date: Nov 1, 2010 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

Bingo!
The Boston one in particular is underrated.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 1, 2010 1:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

I suspect that by tomorrow almost every Star of '72 will be mentioned as someone's favorite!
I like 9/10/72 a lot myself. It's unusual since Crosby's playing in it.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 31, 2010 8:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

4/8 and 11/13 are the top two.
But nipping on their heels are 4/14, 5/11, 5/25, 7/18, and 9/21.
But why stop there? When you should hear 4/24, 8/21, 8/24, 10/18, and 10/28 too. Oh, and every Star from September. And I see some hands in the back clamoring for 8/27, 12/11, and....well, I still haven't mentioned some good ones, but that's enough for now.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 31, 2010 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

Thanks, LiA and Kix! I know some of those, but definitely not all. My To-Do list keeps growing ... :-)

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Oct 31, 2010 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

4/8/72
5/11/72
5/23?72